All too often, people find themselves in financial difficulties for one reason or another. One solution that they may consider is filing for personal bankruptcy. Anyone who is contemplating this step needs to know some important information before they make their decision. This article will provide that information.
A huge mistake people make before filing for bankruptcy is maxing out their credit cards. This can lead to disaster when you file and the credit card companies might not discharge the debt. If you can, you need to stop using your credit cards at least six months before you file, and ideally for a year prior. Also, do your best to pay the minimum payments on these cards for at least six months before you file.
Don’t hesitate to give your attorney a heads-up about something she has missed. Don’t assume that he will remember something you told him weeks ago. Don’t fear speaking up since it affects your case and future.
A useful tip for those thinking about filing for personal bankruptcy is, to keep in mind that any damage to your credit history caused by the filing is temporary. While there is no doubt that your score will take a noticeable hit, following your bankruptcy discharge, by using the process to start fresh. You have the ability to put yourself on a stronger financial footing going forward. This will allow you to rebuild your credit score faster than you may expect.
Do not give up hope. If you’ve had collateral, such as a car, electronics, or jewelry repossessed for non-payment, you might be able to recover the property when you file for bankruptcy. If it has been 90 days or less between the repossession of your property and your filing, you might be able to get your property back. A lawyer will be able to assist you with filing the paperwork to get the items back.
Prescreen any bankruptcy lawyer before hiring one. Because bankruptcy is an every-growing area of law that attracts new lawyers all the time, you are likely to encounter many new lawyers who do not have much experience. You can check any bankruptcy lawyer’s credentials online and see if they have any disciplinary actions on their record for improper filings or practices. You are also likely to find client ratings. In the matter of choosing a lawyer, one with experience and a positive record is always best.
Know what debts can be forgiven. You may hear that you have to pay a certain debt, and that it cannot be discharged, but that information will usually be coming from a bill collector. Student loans and child support and a few other debts cannot be discharged, but most others can.
By now, anyone who is interested in learning more about filing for personal bankruptcy should realize how the process works. While doing so can have many long-term ramifications, filing for bankruptcy is often the best choice for those in financial straits. With the advice from this article, the process should go more smoothly.